Originally Posted by S10xGN
My '98 Dakota had stuck calipers in the front. This started after having a "shop" remove the lowering kit I put on it (right after buying it new) due to my bad back. Right after, we went for a drive and after returning, smelled what I thought was burning wires. Wife saw smoke coming from the RF wheel and the wheel was too hot to touch. Found one caliper bolt was stripped causing the caliper to c0ck and lock against the rotor (I thought?). Fixed that with an oversized bolt and all was good. A month later, we made a 250 mile round trip and halfway there, the other side did the same thing. Went to another shop and the guys found the LF caliper not releasing, but couldn't find a reason for it other than dirty fluid (both bolts were fine). They sanded the pads and we got home without further trouble. After changing the pads, calipers and resurfacing the rotors, I flushed 2 QTs of fluid through the entire system and it all seems to be working properly for now. Bottom line: check the fluid quality, mine was filthy with black gritty "stuff"...
Well, this IS a 1976 and parts are Still available for her so I guess I should just figure on replacing everything but being on SS and a tight budget, I need to do a little at a time, if I can.
My rotors were new the last brake job (which was not too long before I parked her) but have hot spots in them. If I can find someone that will "Grind" them and not just condemn them (these new trained mechanics need old people to tell them, How it was done before all this new machine crap designed to Make them Money showed up). Plenty of metal on these rotors as they are pretty new.